Improve your health with an approach grounded in science and centered around dietary, lifestyle and natural medicine solutions. You can feel better! We are happy to help.
We understand feeling sick and frustrated. You feel like you’ve tried everything, yet nothing seems to work. Perhaps your doctor doesn’t have the time or experience to offer you more than a prescription, or maybe you’ve seen a naturally-minded doctor who was unable to fully help.
With our decades of experience in natural and conventional medicine, we understand the causes of your symptoms and help you implement a personalized plan using a science-guided, natural approach.
Whether you’ve been sick for a long time or are simply looking to live your healthiest life, Dr. Ruscio and his team of doctors are here to partner with you to improve your health.
Why do patients choose us?
Put simply, because we strive to get you well, quickly and cost effectively. Integrative and functional medicine has become overly costly and often involves unnecessary testing and treatment, thus wasting a significant amount of a patient’s time and money. Additionally, some of the most popular tests and treatments used in this field are based on dogma, and not on sound science. This is why we’re committed to conducting research at the clinic in addition to treating patients.
Dr. Ruscio and our clinical team do things differently. They have found that lab & supplement companies have influenced practice in the field, similar to how pharma has influenced conventional medicine. In the below video series Dr. Ruscio shares these insights so that you know what you should do, and what to avoid, in working to improve your health.
Patient Success Stories
Our mission at the Ruscio Institute for Functional Medicine is to bring affordable, effective, and science-based medicine and care to more people across the globe. We are pioneering how we approach care to ensure each patient receives a personalized and hands-on approach to healing.
Below, find some of our most successful patient stories and case studies.
Game Changing Results
Thyroid Nodule Success
The Clinical Team
Michael Ruscio, DNM, DC
Chief Medical Officer, Head of Research, and CEO
Dr. Ruscio is your leading functional and integrative doctor specializing in gut related disorders such as SIBO, leaky gut, Celiac, IBS and in thyroid disorders such as hypothyroid and hyperthyroid. He is a clinical researcher and best-selling author whose practical ideas on healing chronic illness have made him an influential voice in functional and alternative medicine. His work has been published in peer-reviewed medical journals and he speaks at integrative medical conferences across the globe. Dr. Ruscio also runs an influential website and podcast with the goal of spreading his vision of practical and scientifically grounded functional medicine care.
Hannah Hamlin, DO
Dr. Hamlin is is a general practitioner who specializes in Functional Medicine. She received a Bachelors Degree in Nutritional Sciences from Texas A&M University prior to attending medical school at William Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed an internship at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center and has completed training through the Institute of Functional Medicine. She believes that mindset is an integral part of the healing process and is passionate about optimizing health in the presence of autoimmune disease.
Robert Abbott, MD
Director of Research
Dr. Abbott is the medical director for Resilient Roots: Functional and Evolutionary Medicine in Charlottesville, Virginia. He completed his family medicine internship with VCU-Shenandoah Valley and is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He has completed training with the Institute for Functional Medicine, is a Kresser Institute ADAPT Level 1 clinician, and an AIP Certified Coach. He is currently the medical advisor at Autoimmune Wellness conducting collaborative research with founders Angie Alt and Mickey Trescott. He approaches medicine from an evolutionary and functional perspective and practices what he calls “spiritually focused and evolutionarily informed functional medicine.”
Joe Mather, MD, MPH&TM
Dr. Mather is a board-certified Family Practice physician and the Medical Director of the Ruscio Institute for Functional Medicine. He graduated from the Tulane University School of Medicine and the Tulane University School of Public Health in 2011 and completed his residency in 2014. He is passionate about delivering cost-effective and practical medical care with a focus on GI health and environmental toxicity. He spends a lot of time working with patients suffering from complex and chronic diseases. When he is not working with patients you will find him chasing his three small children, exercising or playing music.
Gavin Guard, PA
Gavin Guard believes that the average doctor visit is not giving patients the care and support they deserve. He graduated summa cum laude from Whitman College with a bachelor’s in biochemistry before completing graduate medical school training at the University of Colorado. Since then, he’s completed training with the Institute for Functional Medicine, is a Kresser Institute ADAPT Level 1 Clinician, a Precision Nutrition Level 1 nutrition coach, an AIP Certified Coach, and is a Certified Sports Nutritionist. His main clinical focuses include gastrointestinal disorders and metabolic disease like weight gain, diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Along with the rest of the Ruscio Institute team, he is bringing the latest medical research to the forefront of clinical patient care. He wakes up every morning to help patients find lasting solutions to their health so that they can experience hope and feel restored.